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Michael Lewis has just about perfected the necessary deadpan to write about children:

Several Dahls gathered, and a plate of ham cold cuts arrived at the table. [Roald] Dahl said something about how closely the cold cuts resembled human flesh, and how he once thought of writing a story about children who are served cold cuts from the corpse of a missing friend. I expected someone at the table to complain but instead his daughter giggled and told a story about how she had witnessed, first hand, a butcher slice off his palm while running a shank of ham over a meat slicer.

(Excerpted from his depiction of his daughter's first encounter with Mickey Mouse.)

July 29, 2002 11:46 PM

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I expected someone at the table to complain but instead his daughter giggled and told a story about how she had witnessed, first hand, a butcher slice off his palm while running a shank of ham over a meat slicer.

Thanks. I'll have that picture in my mind for the rest of the day. Especially at lunch. When I'm enjoying my ham sandwich. You bastard.

Posted by ColdChef on July 31, 2002 11:41 AM

I dunno, ColdChef, I think you still gotta work on that deadpan a little. But you've got promise, for sure.... ;)

Posted by M on July 31, 2002 12:47 PM

Update: I gave my sandwich to a coworker. I'm having soup. I don't think you're a bastard any more. Okay, not much of a bastard.

Posted by ColdChef on July 31, 2002 12:57 PM

I gave my sandwich to a coworker.

Quick! Give him/her a link to my site! While he's still digesting!

Posted by M on July 31, 2002 1:34 PM

Dahl sort of kinda wrote that story: "Lamb to the Slaughter"

(I'm a dork who ran a Roald Dahl fan site when I was 17.)

Posted by lia on August 3, 2002 11:15 AM


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